Why the controversy
over such drugs as Ritalin,
and other stimulants used in the treatment of ADHD?
An FDA warning
accompanying such medications, related to the risk
of heart problems and psychotic behavior, has fueled much concern,
and not only among parents.
that these medicines, prescribed to an estimated 1 million adults
and 2 million children in the U.S. alone, are at best overprescribed,
and at worst unnecessary.
Citing the difficulty
of diagnosing the condition, even ADHD drug proponents urge a second
opinion if there are any doubts about the severity of symptoms.
have used the drugs with success, meanwhile, have expressed dismay
that the new warnings would prejudice parents against the drugs,
which in the past have been shown to be generally safe in children
still urge a combination of both medication and behavioral
therapy to treat the disease. Another study on the effectiveness of the interactive metronome has also shown improvement in attention and motor control in boys with ADHD.
- an effective alternative?
on the other hand, point to studies suggesting the effectiveness
changes in ADHD patients, or herbal, vitamin & mineral supplements, as part
of a beneficial treatment plan.
milk and gluten-free diet was reported to be beneficial in some
cases, according to a study conducted in Norway, where scientists
and parents have witnessed dramatic changes in behavior when milk,
cheese and certain grains were removed from the daily diet.
about ADHD around the Web:
On the Web,
learn more about treatment options for ADHD including a review of
typical medications and their side effects, information on behavioral
therapy, current research on the use of Omega
3 fatty acids and other dietary changes, along with reports
on additional alternative treatments now being studied in the fight
against ADHD ....
Kids: ADHD Drugs - PBS Frontline archive featuring a critical
examination of the use of Ritalin, the process of determining proper
dosage, how long Ritalin's effects last, and possible side effects,
with related statistics.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments - Extensive summary
of alternative treatments by the National Resource Center for AD/HD
with information on the proven effectiveness of the Feingold Diet,
nutritional supplements, chelation, thyroid treatment, behavioral
training, chiropractic and other therapies.
& Dietary Treatments for ADHD
- Discussions on research & studies showing the impact nutrition
has on treating ADHD, including the effects of salicylates found
in food, other possible sensitivities and allergies, vitamin &
mineral deficiencies. Includes references and links to related articles.